Improve your memory.
Intend to memorize it? Our memory is at its best when we WANT to
memorize, and when we have a strong motivation to memorize. Ever read a
text, and then a minute later not remember it? Probably because you
weren't that interested in it in the first place. To remember it,
you have to WANT to remember it. Here are a few tips to improve your
memory: Learn to visualize your thoughts. Your brain can think in terms
of words and in terms of images. Therefore, when memorizing an item,
learn to recall it in ways that you can explain it, and in ways that you
can see it. Speak out loud! When you recite something or read something
out aloud, it brings more attention and motivation to it, which will
help you remember it better. Adding of another sense (sound) helps with
memorization as well. Eat the right food. Fiber and vitamin C rich foods
such as cantaloupe, blueberries, asparagus, and sweet potatoes can help
enhance your memory. Foods containing beta carotene, such as red foods,
help with memory as well. Some of these foods are watermelon,
strawberries, tomatoes, cherries, and radishes. Use technology to your
advantage. Although technology is a reason that our existence is
inflicted with so much information, and thus test our memory like never
before, it can also be a very useful tool to help with your memory. Use
organizers, day planners, computers, alarm clocks, and the likes to help
you recall and remember things that you would normally not. Use dead
time. This is time that is otherwise wasted or just under-utilized.
Driving time, time spent in waiting rooms, or even time spent raking
your yard can be included in this and you can start to use this time to
listen to books-on-tape. You may spend 200 hours a year in your car.
What could you learn in that time? Write. Writing is good for your mind
in a number of ways. It is a way to tell your memory what is important,
so you'll recall things more easily in the future. It is a way to
clarify your thinking. Sleep better. As long as you get a certain amount
of sleep - probably a minimum of five hours - the quality seems to be
more important than the quantity. Also, short naps in the afternoon seem
to work well to recharge your brain. Laugh. Laughter is a good
contributor for your brain health. When you laugh it can open new ideas,
thoughts and can help you to memorize well. Also when you laugh the
stress becomes lower. Get educated. Scientists have known for a while
that the less educated get Alzheimer's more frequently. Education
in any area seems to make the brain and the memory stronger. Ask
questions. This is a great way to keep your brain and memory in shape.
Just get in the habit of asking questions often, even if it is only in
your own mind.
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